Radiant Zemax

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Radiant Zemax Reviews

Updated September 2, 2014
Updated September 2, 2014
13 Reviews
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  1. 1 person found this helpful  

    Great place to work

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Radiant Zemax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    This really is a good place to work. Very loose feeling and value each employees ideas. They expect a lot out of each employee but makes them feel very valued.

    Cons

    Compensation could be better, but not horrible. Sometimes a little more structure might do some good

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Although it is nice to feel like we are being listened to and seeing our ideas implemented, the financial compensate would make this a better place to work

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Better luck at another company

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Small company feel but not a place for career growth or to feel appreciated. Good first job.

    Cons

    CEO treats people like they are just pawns in his game to gain a big payout when he sells the business. Management doesn't listen to employees vs. dictate what they want done for their own gains. No real opportunity for growth as the business feels a bit like it's in a slump. Leadership appears very intimidated by the CEO. The turnover in the last year seems very unfortunate as some really good people have chosen to leave. Pay is low compared to other companies in the area

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Treat people like they are valuable to the business. Improve pay for engineers who commit a great deal of time and effort to support the business. Focus on the long term vs. just short term financial gains for the chosen few.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    High turnover for a reason

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Applications Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Provides good career experience and the opportunity to transition into a variety of roles. Small enough company that you get to wear several hats and develop a well rounded skill set.

    Cons

    Leadership is condescending and willing to take advantage of you. The turnover rate is tremendous and the organization is in constant chaos as a result. People are constantly leaving for much better salaries.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    Disapproves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Not a place to build a career

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    You are immersed in many different tasks, everyday you will be doing many different things. This is a great place to gain experience, but it is not a place to build a career. Look at the other reviews below to see why.

    Cons

    Turnover is very high, a testament to the work place culture and environment you are surrounded in. Most people will be newly graduated students from physics or math. The supply of these students graduating more than fills the demand from turnover.

    The pay is well below the average pay of your job in the greater Redmond/Seattle area.

    Culture and values of the company are nonexistent. Management constantly drills in the need to win at any cost. Morales and integrity do not exist, the end goal is how much money you can make with each and every transaction.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management is quite indifferent to the overall workforce. A personable, more relatable management would do wonders to boost company morale and instill confidence in the workforce.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  6. 3 people found this helpful  

    Worthwhile experience, but no reason to stay...

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    This company gets Physics and Math grads to do a lot of their development, engineering, and technical sales. People with such backgrounds can get their foot in the door and gain software, management, and/or sales experience where it would otherwise be very difficult. I would do it over again but it would've helped to know that this was a stepping stone, not a career.

    The people were fantastic. The engineering group is filled with talented, personable individuals however with the high turnover rate this is always changing. There are also some extremely smart senior engineers that are always ready to answer questions. Their guidance made the work experience exponentially more valuable.

    Lastly, the business is very strong so job security is sound (if you perform) and the growth opens up opportunities to try new things.

    Cons

    Extremely uncompetitive salaries for engineers in the early stages of their careers. Once the desired experience is gained there is no reason to stay. Favoritism is rampant as well. Some employees really have to go above and beyond the call of duty to get noticed while others are catapulted through the ranks on the whim of the leadership.

    You will be worked hard, especially if you travel internationally. This isn't necessarily a bad thing since you will be learning a ton, but it is a little depressing when you work out the dollars per hour. Some months it was close to minimum wage.

    The relationship between the senior management and their employees is very uncomfortable. Behind closed doors they subtly encourage backstabbing in an effort to identify individuals that are complaining or might be causing dissension. Additionally they are exceedingly condescending, especially to the younger employees.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be honest with entry level employees: you are trading compensation for experience and this is a stepping stone, not a career. Also, the favoritism needs to stop. It makes it difficult to understand what the company does and does not value in their employees.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Positive Outlook
  7.  

    Great place to work

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    The best reason for working here would be the challenges you face. Like many small companies, you are asked to wear many different hats. You will grow quickly if you jump at these opportunities. Also, the people here are smart and fun to work with.

    Cons

    Slightly lower than standard wage. It is in the farthest corner of Redmond. It can be quite a commute no matter where you live.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Please be fair with wages.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
  8.  

    Worthwhile experience. Given a great work environment

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Redmond, WA
    Current Employee - Calibration Technician in Redmond, WA

    I have been working at Radiant Zemax full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Worked alone for the most part.

    Cons

    Fixed lunch time of 30 minutes

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Management was skilled and versed in motivating a medium size crew to meet production needs. Mark Woods has a handle on his people.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
  9. 5 people found this helpful  

    Not worth your time

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    The employees are, for the most part, bright and talented people. I enjoyed getting to know almost everyone at the company.

    Cons

    There are a number of significant problems. To start, this was a very uncomfortable place to work. It was clear initially that there's no respect or real communication between the top managers and the rest of the company. There are of course people who will point out problems to HR and their managers, but these people are either lied to or ignored and end up leaving the company due to sheer frustration. I found that I needed to adopt an indifferent mindset during my time there to avoid sharing in this frustration, but again, that was very uncomfortable. Lots of talent has been lost.

    All tasks were given with explicit instructions that they were top priority, but there was no ownership and little accountability for these tasks. Lots of work that was labeled "Top Priority" simply didn't get done because it wasn't assigned in a straightforward manner, there was no follow up, or tasks were assigned to people who do not have the necessary skills. This became a serious problem, and our customers noticed.

    The CEO's stated goal is to sell the company in the next couple years. Many employees are concerned about the long term stability of the company, and while I didn't feel this was a concern, the CEO's short term mindset has filtered down through the rest of the company. This is a company without a plan (hence everything being top priority). Products are shipped to customers with the short term goal of selling a product, and not the long term consideration of whether or not the product worked, or would continue to work a year later. We shipped hardware and software to customers that didn't work, and no one seemed to care about this even if they acknowledged it. Our customers definitely noticed this.

    This company is stagnant. They will not fail due to the problems listed above, but they aren't going anywhere either. They will likely continue to putter along much as they have thus far, and probably achieve some sporadic success. This won't matter to you, however. Your pay will be below average (especially given the cost of living in Redmond, it is surprisingly low), unless you're a manager. You will have to deal with the problems listed above, and your career will feel as stagnant as the company.

    If you are a skilled scientist, engineer, salesman, accountant, programmer, manager, or any other professional, there is no reason to work here. You will succeed much more elsewhere.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    It is very apparent that you do not understand the company that you are running. You did not take the time to understand either the hardware or software sides of the business, and neither is run efficiently at this point.

    You do not respect your employees, and they know it. You provide low salaries and benefits and expect people to be satisfied, to have a "Passion for Winning". You treat your people as though they are stupid, like they are children. Your employees are primarily engineers, scientists, and programmers. They're a quiet, introverted, and very intelligent group, and they are not happy. The more extroverted and assertive types won't question you either, they need a salary and this is a bad economy.

    You can't make people respect you, you have to respect them first. Provide a competitive salary and benefits package, and provide good bonuses to people. We had our best year in 2012 and everyone received standard bonuses. That does not send a good message. Give these people a reason to go above and beyond for you, you have the talent and are not utilizing it. Otherwise, people will continue to leave. Many can make a lot more money elsewhere, and they know it.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
  10. 4 people found this helpful  

    no ownership, lots of favoratism. Manager travelling around and push the staff as slaves. No personal development and

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Staff in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Staff in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    fast growing and you may have a good time if you are manager's favorate fe. Enjoy your time if you are supervising some slaves

    Cons

    management in chaos and very bad people management

    Doesn't Recommend
  11. 6 people found this helpful  

    It was that bad.

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA
    Former Employee - Senior Software Engineer in Redmond, WA

    I worked at Radiant Zemax full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Glassdoor is an option, maybe the only one, for employees or former employees to provide feedback to the company, especially negative feedback. If there were no problems there would not be any reviews at all, except positive, fake ones instigated by HR or management to attract new talent. A negative review indicates a problem or problems, multiple negative reviews indicate problems that haven’t been addressed, through the incapacity or unwillingness of the staff to address them.

    The only positive at Radiant is people, the small circle of colleagues and co-workers one can respect and value. They are nice, intelligent, quirky, supportive.

    Cons

    The software development management staff at Radiant is technically educated but demonstrates no management skills, doesn’t possess any knowledge of the software development world, its practices or standards, and has no business strategy to lead the team to success. What is the value of technical knowledge if there are no management skills? - None. Technical knowledge is good, but it is better to do the job you are paid for: to manage, lead, respect. It is to be hoped that the younger generation of managers is ready to learn, think and work outside the box, to be honest and to maintain professional pride.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Here is a piece of advice for top company Management and Development Management at Radiant: talk to your employees, listen to your employees, respect your employees; if you promise to address a specific problem, keep your word (this is a sign of a mature manager/leader). Study professional management; learn what real software development means, including industry standards and the best tools and technologies to use; develop one reliable product, not multiple unfinished, partially-working sort of products (in the last three years no successful product was developed). Respect your developers and use their creativity; provide quiet (your “cubicle farm” is not a feedlot or a football field, and you are not cowboys or football coaches) and a mentally healthy environment for the team. Don’t just stand up all day long in your offices, but stand up for your employees, do your job so the company and its employees will succeed.

    Management effectiveness on a scale from one to ten is negative five. It will take time and efforts to improve, if you want to do it. You have to work hard and apply all the intelligence you have or do not have. Good luck!

    Doesn't Recommend

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